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Community Service Bulletin

August 14, 2013

Spotlight

Engage and Inspire with Somerville Public Schools

SPS strives to match volunteers with students and teachers for a mutually rewarding and learning experience. Share an hour a week tutoring or mentoring a Somerville Public School Student. Work with students in a science lab; develop lesson extensions and hands-on STEM projects with teachers; share your career goals; help with a music or art lesson; help a student with homework or tutor in an after school math center.

Classes begin in September! Before, during and after-school volunteering options available. Locations vary depending on volunteer activity. Most Somerville Public Schools are conveniently located within two miles of the MIT main campus or by public transportation. One-time volunteer service days and 4-week tutoring sessions also available. It takes 5 minutes to submit an online Volunteer Application and CORI request. Get started here: www.somerville.k12.ma.us/volunteer and see Apply Online.

Contact Jen Capuano at jcapuano@k12.somerville.ma.us or 617-625-6600 x6023.

Table of Contents

One-Time Opportunities

Ongoing Opportunities

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

One-Time Opportunities

Sep 29: Volunteer Opportunity with the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Alzheimer's Association

When: September 29th, 2013
Where: Canal Park at CambridgeSide Galleria, 100 CambridgeSide Place, Cambridge, MA 02111

in an effort to foster clinical advancement in the Alzheimer’s disease space, the national Alzheimer’s Association developed the TrialMatch® program. TrialMatch® is a free clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer's, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies. The goal of the TrialMatch® Outreach Initiative is to support the advancement of Alzheimer’s research by raising awareness for TrialMatch® and encouraging people to enroll in the service at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s events across New England this September.

These volunteers will be responsible for promoting TrialMatch®on the floor at the Alzheimer’s Association’s local Walk to End Alzheimer’s events in Cambridge, Andover or Worcester. Volunteers will answer basic questions about clinical trials and TrialMatch®, and recruit Walk attendees to enroll in TrialMatch®.

If interested or have any questions, please email TrialMatchMANH@alz.org.

Ongoing Opportunities

Tutor for the BSA

When: Zones are open Monday-Friday. Hours will vary by school
Where: 19 Boston Public High Schools throughout the city
Who We Help: Boston Public School students, specifically current and potential scholar-athletes
Steps to become a tutor: We ask that all interested candidates complete a CORI form and undergo a brief tutor training.

The Boston Scholar Athletes program (BSA) is a 501 c (3), non-profit organization whose mission is to support academic achievement through athletics. BSA was launched in the summer of 2009 with the support of Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson and Suffolk Construction CEO, John Fish, in response to a series of Boston Globe articles that identified deficiencies within the Boston Public School's athletic programming. BSA is committed to increasing the opportunities to succeed for Boston Public School scholar-athletes.

We are looking for volunteers to give one (1) hour/week of their time to tutor Boston Public High School scholar-athletes. Tutors work with students on academic tasks, goal setting, and provide assistance around the college application process. Give just one hour a week of your time and make a difference in the life of a BPS student!

Please contact Megan Morin at mmorin@bostonscholarathletes.org or 6175174598 if you have any questions.

Volunteer Tutor

United Somali Youth is a non-profit organization designed to serve Somali youth who are enrolled in Boston Public Schools and is housed at The Islamic Community Center in Boston. The program offers youth academic support, group and individual mentoring, life skills training and summer engagement.

The United Somali Youth After-school Program is seeking tutors to help Somali youth improve and meet academic benchmarks. The tutors will deliver services to the after-school program at the Islamic Community Center at 100 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA. They will offer support 4 days per week Monday-Thursday (3:00 - 6:00) for youth ages 10 - 18. Instruction will focus on reading, writing, math, meeting academic benchmarks and building strong test taking skills.

Contact: Meghan Marshall, meghan2marshall@gmail.com, 781-264-3768

Service Learning in Puerto Rico

Come do service learning in the mountains of Las Marías, Puerto Rico. The opportunities are all year around but contact us for availability. Opportunity to intern at a permaculture farm to learn about sustainability with our educational not-for-profit organization-Plenitud.

Visit us at plenitudpr.org and contact Cristina at servicelearning@plenitudpr.org or 787-238-6911.

26th Annual COASTSWEEP Beach Cleanup

Volunteers are needed to join existing COASTSWEEP cleanups throughout September and October. As a volunteer, you will remove and record the types and quantities of marine debris you find. Want to start your own cleanup? Cleanup coordinators are needed to organize COASTSWEEP events at local beaches, bays, estuaries, ponds, lakes, marshes, riverbanks, and underwater sites.

COASTSWEEP is the statewide coastal cleanup sponsored by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. It is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by the Ocean Conservancy. Volunteers from all over the world collect marine debris and record what they find. This information is then analyzed and used to identify sources of marine debris and develop education and policy initiatives to help reduce it. To sign up, please visit the website listed below. Sign up online any time before your selected cleanup.

Sign up at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/czm/program-areas/communications/coastsweep/

Contact Denise Cavalieri or Patrice Bordonaro at (617) 626-1206 or (617) 626-1211, or by emailing coastsweep@state.ma.us

Heart Art - Volunteers Needed!

Heart Art is a nonprofit organization looking for artist volunteers to be mentors to severely underprivileged and terminally ill children. We would love to have any young adult who is talented in the arts (music, video, drawing, painting, photography, and creative writing) with a positive attitude! The mentorship will take place once a week for two hours in Boston. The mentors will meet their children in schools.

Please contact Ali Johnson (johnsa@heartart-hope.org) for additional information or like us on Facebook
(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heart-Art/486419961443695) for immediate updates!

Community Engagement Volunteer

Cleantech Open is the oldest and largest cleantech startup accelerator program, with the mission to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with ideas to solve our greatest environmental and energy challenges. Through our annual business competition and accelerator program we use mentoring, training, and coaching to connect cleantech startups with the people and resources that will accelerate their success, as well as a national platform for media and public visibility.

Cleantech Open Northeast is launching a new Community Outreach project this summer: the goal is to reach out to alumni companies and mentors in order to interview them and showcase the tremendous talent in our community. Interviews will be conducted one-on-one, over the phone, and you will generate written profiles for our organization’s website. If you enjoy communicating with people, are naturally curious, and can write, we would love for you to join our team of volunteers! This is an excellent opportunity to get to know the Northeast Cleantech community and build your network at the same time.

This is a virtual position, and the timing is flexible dependent upon the volunteer. Although we are looking for people to start as soon as possible. Please contact Jacqueline Neves for more information: jneves@cleantechopen.org, (617) 870-4295.

MIT BrainTrust: Website Designer

MIT BrainTrust is a service organization that provides social support for survivors of brain injury and neurological diseases. We give MIT students the chance to connect with patients through activities such as sailing, picnics, and museum trips. We also host biannual lectures on current issues in neuroscience that are open to the entire MIT community.

We are looking for a volunteer to design a professional and user-friendly website for our group during the fall semester. We hope to be able to use our website as an effective way to reach out to survivors and other organizations. We have a Marketing team that is willing to work with you to convey our vision and provide any necessary guidelines. This is a great opportunity to volunteer for a good cause and add to your portfolio!

For more information, please contact us at braintrust-marketing@MIT.edu.

Fellowship/Internship Opportunities

Fall Special Events and Development Intern

We believe the vital, simple, and captivating skill of riding a bike changes lives. The CYCLE Kids mission is to engage children in physical activity to address the health and emotional issues facing today’s under-active, often overweight, children. Our program is founded on the idea that good health is holistic: nutrition, physical activity, intellectual stimulation, and emotional well-being are all related facets of overall wellness. CYCLE Kids uses a comprehensive curriculum that teaches not just the skill of bicycling, but nutrition and literacy. The program fosters mentorships and builds community, empowering kids and giving them skills and lessons that endure a lifetime.

CYCLE Kids is seeking a special events & development intern in Cambridge, MA to work 15-20 hours per week. Because CYCLE Kids office is structured as an open, team-oriented, non-hierarchical space, development interns will also gain insight into many different facets of non-profit work, all while helping CYCLE Kids raise more funds and execute more events to advance its mission.

We are now accepting internship applications for Fall 2013. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Please send a resume, cover letter, and available work hours to info@cyclekids.org. No phone calls, please. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and start/end dates are negotiable.

Please contact Julie Idlet for information at info@cyclekids.org.

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